02 September 2016 Current Affairs

First BRICS film festival to begin in New Delhi from today

The first BRICS film festival will begin in New Delhi from 02 September. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore will inaugurate the festival. The film festival is the run up to the BRICS summit which is to be held in Goa next month from 15th to 16th. During the course of the festival, 20 films are set to be screened. The opening film will be the world premiere of the Malayalam movie, Veeram directed by Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair starring Kunal Kapoor. The closing film will be the Chinese movie ‘Skiptrace’ starring Jackie Chan directed by Renny Harlin.

Jackie Chan to receive lifetime achievement Oscar

Popular actor Jackie Chan will be awarded with an honorary Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 12. Chan will accept the Oscar alongside fellow honorees, film editor Anne Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman at the Governors Awards. The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman — true pioneers and legends in their crafts. Chan is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, in his movies. His first major breakthrough was the 1978 film, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow.

Noted Assamese poet Nalini Dhar Bhattacharyya dies at 95

Noted Assamese poet, literary critic and author and winner of the Sahitya Akademi award Nalinidhar Bhattacharyya passed away in Guwahati. Bhattacharyya, aged 95, was suffering from age-old ailments.

China ratifies Paris global climate agreement

China has ratified of the Paris climate change agreement. China and the US are expected to announce ratification jointly before or at the weekend’s G20 Hangzhou Summit. China is the world’s largest emitter of harmful carbon emissions causing climate change.

World’s first made-in-India leprosy vaccine out on pilot basis

The Indian Institute of Immunology in New Delhi has developed mycobacterium indicus pranii (MIP), an exclusive and completely domestic vaccine for leprosy. MIP, World’s maiden leprosy vaccine, will be launched on trial basis within a few weeks. Leprosy affects around 1.25 lakhs people in India annually.

Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov dies

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has died after suffering a stroke at the age of 78. Karimov was the first President of Uzbekistan, in office from 1990 to 2016.

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